Hitmen still seeking first victory

Photo by Ian Charles, IanCharlesPhotos.net'Buxton Addison Engineering Hitmen v Mildenhall Fen Tigers'Sunday 20th July 2014''Adam Extance (Blue) leading Connor Mountain (Yellow)
Photo by Ian Charles, IanCharlesPhotos.net'Buxton Addison Engineering Hitmen v Mildenhall Fen Tigers'Sunday 20th July 2014''Adam Extance (Blue) leading Connor Mountain (Yellow)

Buxton Hitmen remain winless in the National League after a 55-39 defeat at home to Mildenhall.

There were a couple of positives to take from the loss to a dominant Tigers team, who provided no less than 11 of the heat winners to firm up their play-off credentials.

A massive 18 points, including six from a heat seven Tactical ride, from the oldest man in British Speedway Tony Atkin, and a season’s best eight from reserve Adam Extance gave Buxton some positives.

The pair combined for the Hitmen’s first competitive 5-1 maximum of the season, which came in the fourth heat.

Atkin, who was made skipper in the absence of Liam Carr, very much led by example but it was a forgettable day at the office for many of his teammates.

Extance revealed post-match that he believes he could have scored even more points.

He said: “My engine wasn’t right and my last three rides, after those great starts, felt very sluggish.

“I’ll have it sorted by the next meeting but I have to be pleased with my points score today.

“Everyone here has been great at supporting me in my first year in speedway.”

The day very much belonged to the visitors with their skipper Dan Halsey registering a paid maximum thanks to solid scoring.

Tigers even tracked both their reserves in the nominated Heat 15 as the league points returned to Suffolk.

Team boss Jayne Moss commented afterwards, saying: “We have made progress though each meeting this season, but today we suffered with a few machine problems and missed a solid performance in the middle order.

“We will learn and come back stronger for this.

“The boys are looking forward to Coventry on Friday and giving it another go.”

Buxton get a quick chance to recover when they travel to Coventry on Friday for a knockout cup tie.

BUXTON: Tony Atkin 18, Chris Widman 9+1, Adam Extance 8+2, Tom Woolley 3, Stefan Farnaby 1+1, Sam Ward 0, Ryan Blacklock r/r.